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Introduction to Writing Horror Stories

A course by María Fernanda Ampuero , Author

Author. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2021

Learn to transform your deepest fears into compelling, terrifying and unforgettable stories that impact readers

  • Best seller English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (245)
  • 5719 students

Learn to transform your deepest fears into compelling, terrifying and unforgettable stories that impact readers

For journalist and writer María Fernanda Ampuero, one of the keys to writing good horror stories is starting out with something frightening, then cranking up the volume to make it utterly terrifying. Her stories contain the level of brutality needed to impact the reader, while managing to balance it out with authenticity, tension, and lots of affection towards her characters.

In this course, learn to draw inspiration from real-life fears to write horror stories. Lull your reader into a sense of calm at the beginning, then gradually increase the tension until that final shriek! Your teacher also gives you tips to get your work seen and published.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 18 downloads

English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (245)
  • 5719 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 47m)
  • 18 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Write a horror story based on an anecdote, a piece of news, a memory, a nightmare, a social issue, an urban legend, or something that's genuinely one of your deepest fears.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Any horror fanatic who wants to learn basic techniques for writing a story from the genre.

Requirements and materials

You need to know and love the horror genre, both in cinema and literature.

In terms of materials, you need a pencil, pen, notebook, computer, and the overwhelming desire to frighten your readers.


5719 Students
245 Reviews
98% Positive ratings
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María Fernanda Ampuero

Although born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, journalist and writer María Fernanda Ampuero has lived in Quito, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Madrid. Her texts have been included in countless anthologies and her latest book of short stories, Cockfight (Páginas de Espuma, 2018), was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times in Spanish, in addition to receiving the Joaquín Gallegos Lara award for the best book of short stories of the year.

She has also published two books of journalistic chronicles: Lo que aprendí en la peluquería (Dinediciones, 2011) and Permiso de Residencia (Caracola, 2013). She has collaborated with important literary chronicle magazines such as Gatopardo, Piaüi, and Internazionale. Her work has been translated into English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, and Chinese.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    What are fears made of?

    • Tell me your worst nightmares
    • And now, where do I get a monster?
    • The voice from beyond the grave
    • It was a monster, it is a monster, it will be a monster
  • U3

    My mother wants to kill me

    • Everything was going so well
    • The sinister knocks at the door
    • Do not look under the bed
    • Look under the bed
    • The call comes from your own home
    • I'll go with you to hell itself
    • The exorcist's last words
  • U4

    The final scream

    • Ranger to the rescue
    • A book of black magic
  • FP

    Final project

    • Writing a story: from the chronicle to the fictional narrative

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Introduction to Writing Horror Stories. Writing course by María Fernanda Ampuero Best seller

Introduction to Writing Horror Stories

A course by María Fernanda Ampuero
Author. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2021
  • 98% positive reviews (245)
  • 5719 students